Life is Good in the Cinque Terre

With the help of my friend Marco, I’ve discovered a wonderful new restaurant in Monterosso. The owner, Elisa, makes all the cakes they serve — and we got them all.

Here’s how I wrote up L’Osteria for the next edition of my Rick Steves Italy guidebook:

[$$] L’Osteria is a delightful little family-run place serving “cuisine with passion” at wonderful prices. Allesandro thoughtfully explains your options, and Elisa is understandably proud of her cakes. Their Possa wine, from vineyards close to the sea, is the oyster of local wines, or maybe the passion comes from the Ligurian music the family is sure to play (12:00-14:30, two evening seatings: 19:00 and 21:00, closed Mon., Via Vittorio Emanuele 5, tel. 0187-819-224). It’s a cozy scene inside with a few tables outside in the shadow of the church.